William (Jamie) Price is a graduate student with a BS in Specialty Studies from University College, Ohio University Eastern.
What are your next steps or plans for the future?
My immediate plans are to catch my breath. I have been working on this degree intermittently for 32 years. I’m just glad the end is in sight and proud that my wife Tammy and my sons are watching me achieve this long awaited goal.
What memory stands out from your time at OHIO Eastern?
Because Covid has impacted so much over the past few years, I have never been able to attend classes in the building. However, the interactions I have had with professors and staff have been extremely positive, and OHIO Eastern has created an environment where you can thrive if you put in the effort.
Why did you choose OHIO Eastern?
OHIO Eastern offers a variety of online courses. As an unconventional student with work and family commitments, that was key for me. Each educator was gracious in recognizing that balancing work and family life, with things like physical education for the children and their pedagogical commitment, had to be a factor in an adult student’s education. OHIO Eastern was perfect for me in that regard.
Who were your favorite professors and how have they influenced your life?
dr Kevin Spiker. He makes you want to teach. He loves interacting with his students and is inclusive of all opinions and viewpoints. He is extremely gifted at reducing any topic to how a student can relate to it, whether through the use of pop culture or other commonly known references, and therefore the concept he is trying to convey is very easy to understand. I tell every person, young or old, who goes to OHIO Eastern to take a course with Dr. to prove spikers. You will not regret and have fun.
What was the toughest hill you had to climb at OHIO Eastern? And how did you overcome challenges or obstacles on your way?
Political Science Statistics. I hadn’t had a math class since sometime in the 1980’s. I was afraid I would get a bad grade and screw up my GPA or possibly fail. dr Spiker and Jennifer Kellner-Muscar convinced me that I have what it takes and if I work hard I can get by despite my lack of math skills. I did and it was such a personal triumph.
What are your fondest OHIO memories?
At age 50, I will go home with a bachelor’s degree, which I have been pursuing for over 30 years. OHIO Eastern made that possible and I will forever be grateful that I chose to be a Belmont County Bobcat.
What advice would you give to a new OHIO student?
Just school in general. The staff and instructors are top notch and make sure you succeed if you put in the effort. Oh, and the 10 percent discount at Wally’s Pizza at the gas station.